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DOCUMENT TITLE: Guardian Office United States raids by FBI
SUBJECT: FBI raids, purported theft of government documents, FOIA suits against federal agencies
PARTIES: Guardian Office; Mary Sue Hubbard, Controller (over Guardian Office); Church of Scientology of California (CSC); Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C.; various agencies and individuals of the federal government, listed herein
BACKGROUND AND NOTES
On 8 July 1977, not even two months after the revocation of HASI, Inc.--the parent corporation that owned all of Scientology and its intellectual property--agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the offices of Scientology's Guardian Office (GO) in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The rapid combination of the hidden HASI revocation and the raids on the GO were blows from which the reeling management would never recover. (See our comparative chart showing the corporate and intellectual property relationships before and after these two devastating events.)
The alleged reason for the FBI raids was that Guardian Office personnel had been running covert ops against various agencies of the federal government, notably IRS, and had stolen government documents. The FBI agents hauled away hundreds, if not thousands, of boxes of documents to make their point.
One of the main alleged culprits, Gerald Wolfe, was an IRS employee who was purported to be a GO plant in IRS. But he happened to have gotten hired there during an IRS hiring freeze, and just months before Meade Emory officially went on as Assistant Commissioner of IRS to Commissioner Donald C. Alexander. Some wonder whose plant Wolfe really was.
Curiously, the federal government didn't coordinate with her ally, Britain, and have the headquarters of the GO in England also raided, even though that's where a later "Stipulation of Evidence" written by the government claimed that copies of all the precious documents had been sent. But that's only one of many oddities surrounding the FBI raids and the "Stipulation of Evidence," far, far too many to detail here. None of it, though, was ever allowed to be heard by a jury. Someone has already done an exhaustive study and timeline that includes all the anomalies surrounding the raids and the events leading up to them, available at this url: http://www.geocities.com/thearscclibrarian/000410part1.html
But one thing that has not received much attention at all is the number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suits that the Guardian Office was conducting against various agencies and individuals of the federal government at the time of the FBI raids. In fact, it seems just about certain that the information has been actively suppressed. Yet it is an astounding list
We present it below. In light of who the GO was trying to get information from through FOIA, the allegations by the government against the GO of amateur spying and theft of photocopies seems at the very least ironic. But what is most ironic is that, in all of the thousands of documents the GO was alleged to have stolen from the government, there is no indication at all that the Scientologists ever got whatever they had been trying to get through the FOIA suits. And just what was that? No one seems to know. That, also, seems to have been suppressed. What is known is that the vast majority of federal agencies and individuals that were being sued were in some way connected with intelligence, most of it military intelligence, and many of the Scientologists' FOIA suits were rejected by the courts at least partially on grounds of "national security."
The original Veritas site, which we are mirroring here, offers one possible explanation in their article called "CIA and CST." We've augmented their report in our chronological Documents index with several documents--excerpted from the CIA's own in-house confidential publication, Studies in Intelligence--related to CIA's secret Remote Viewing program, which was running exactly parallel to the other more visible events, but entirely hidden by the federal agencies and Congressional committees involved. It demonstrates that the government's allegations of Scientologists "spying" on federal agencies--however much truth there may or may not be in those still untried but much-sensationalized allegations--pale against the crimes of the CIA and other government agencies in sending plants like Hal Puthoff, Ingo Swann, Norton S. Karno, the Lenskes, and Meade Emory into the Scientology organizations, stealing Scientology materials, and secretly using Scientology OTs to train CIA personnel in military spying techniques that were then used against foreign governments.
Thanks to someone posting under the psuedonym "Cambridge," we are able to present the full list of agencies and individuals being sued by the GO under FOIA at the time of the raids, followed by full cites, in chronological order, to the suits themselves:
8 July 1977
The FBI raids the Guardian Office on both coasts, hauling away thousands of boxes of documents. At this stage, the Guardian Office is overseeing all pending FOIA cases. The parties named in the extant and pending FOIA cases at the time, and areas of inquiry germane to the FOIA requests, are:
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY (NSA): national security and intelligence
DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA): national security and intelligence
GEORGE BUSH/STANSFIELD TURNER: Directors of CIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY: military intelligence
HOWARD H. CALLAWAY, SECRETARY OF THE ARMY: military intelligence
MAJOR AARON: Assitant Chief of Staff for Army Intelligence
U.S. INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: national security and intelligence
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: military intelligence
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: military intelligence
JAMES R. SCHLESINGER: Secretary of the department of defense
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY: naval intelligence
J. WM. MIDDENDORF II: Secretary of the navy, naval intelligence
NAVAL INTELLIGENCE COMMAND: naval intelligence
REAR ADMIRAL E. F. RECTANUS: Director of Naval Intelligence
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE: Air Force intelligence
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)
CLARENCE KELLEY: Director of FBI
GRIFFIN BELL: Attorney General of the United States
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WILLIAM E. SIMON: Secretary of the Treasury
POSTMASTER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES
CHIEF OF THE NATIONAL CENTRAL BUREAU OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL POLICE
The actual cites to the cases, in chronological order
NB: The Guardian Office is not named in these suits, but had responsibility for all litigation everywhere in Scientology, so was managing the suits:
CASE NUMBER: 74-3465 (CV 74-3465-RJK)
Church of Scientology of California, a non-profit corporation, Plaintiff v. Internal Revenue Service, Donald C. Alexander, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Department of the Treasury of the United States, William Simon, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Defendants
CASE NUMBER: 75-1048
APPEAL NUMBER: 78-1832 and 80-1172
Church of Scientology of California (CSC) vs. Bush (and CIA)
CASE NAME CHANGE: FROM Church of Scientology of California (CSC) vs. Bush TO Church of Scientology of California (CSC) vs. Stansfield TURNER, Director, Central Intelligence Agency, et al.
CASE NUMBER: 75-1577
APPEAL NUMBER: 78-1391
The Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C. v. Edward H. Levy, et al. (Includes FBI)
CASE NAME CHANGE: FROM The Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C. v. Edward H. Levy, et al. TO The FOUNDING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF WASHINGTON, D. C., INC., Appellant, v. Griffin B. BELL et al., on appeal and remand.
CASE NUMBER: 75-3056 (CV 75-3056-F)
APPEAL NUMBER: 78-1168 or 78-1169 (See case number 75-4072)
Church of Scientology v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY; Howard H. Callaway, Secretary of the Army; U. S. Intelligence Agency; Major Aaron, Assistant Chief of Staff for Army Intelligence
CASE NUMBER: 75-3550 (CV 75-3550-F)
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA, Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al., Defendants
CASE NUMBER: 75-4072 (CV 75-4072-F)
APPEAL NUMBER: 78-1168 or 78-1169 (See case number 75-3056)
Church of Scientology v. United States Department of Defense; Office of the Secretary of Defense; James R. Schlesinger, Secretary of the Department of Defense; United States Department of the Navy; J. Wm. Middendorf II, Secretary of the Navy; and Naval Intelligence Command: Rear Admiral E. F. Rectanus, Director of Naval Intelligence.
CASE NUMBER: 76-1006
Church of Scientology of Califonia vs. Griffin Bell (Attorney General of the United States) et al. (Listed twice because of two apparent decisions, one in District Court D.C., one in District Court Colorado.)
CASE NUMBER: 76-1006
Church of Scientology of California, Plaintiff v. Griffin Bell, et al., Defendants. (Listed twice because of two apparent decisions, one in District Court D.C., one in District Court Colorado.)
CASE NUMBER: 76-1008
Church of Scientology of California v. Department of the Air Force, et al.
CASE NUMBER: 76-1131
FOUNDING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF WASHINGTON, D. C., INC., Plaintiff, v. F. Ray MARSHALL et al., Defendants
CASE NUMBER: 76-1494
APPEAL NUMBER: 77-1975
FOUNDING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF WASHINGTON, INC., Plaintiff, v. NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY et al., Defendants
CASE NUMBER: 76-1719
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA, Plaintiff, v. William E. SIMON et al., Defendants
CASE NUMBER: 77-0175
Founding Church of Scientology v. Clarence Kelley, Director of FBI; Director of the National Security Agency (NSA); the Director of the CIA; the Chief of the National Central Bureau of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL); The Attorney General of the United States; the Secretary of the Treasury (includes IRS); the Secretary of the Army; and the Postmaster General of the United States.
CASE NUMBER: 77-1320
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA, Plaintiff, v. DEPARTMENT OF STATE et al., Defendants.
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